CTTU to strike against SLA occupation of schools

[TamilNet, Sunday, 31 August 2003, 19:25 GMT]
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU) Sunday gave one-month notice to the Human Resources Development, Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry to fulfill its demands that the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) withdraw from its camps in all Tamil medium schools in the northeast province and that Tamil teachers are not racially discriminated when appointments are granted to Principal Grade service, sources said.

As a first step the CTTU would call on its members to stage a one-day token strike if the United National Front government failed to accede to their demands within one month, said Mr.T.Mahasivam, General Secretary of the CTTU in a press release issued Sunday.

Additional demands of the CTTU are:

  1. To increase the salary structure of teachers according to the Tissa Devendra Salary Commission report, which had been submitted during the previous regime

  2. To grant permanency to about six hundred part time English teachers serving in the northeast Tamil medium schools since 1992.

  3. To take immediate action to fill more than five thousand vacancies exist in NE schools for Tamil medium teachers.

     

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